With her often outlandish, sparkly fashion sense (a style she has described as somewhere in between vintage, cheerleader and cartoon) it would be easy to assume that Marina And The Diamonds has lived a life of unerring joy, but it seems that is not so. Ahead of her second LP Electra Heart, out 30 April, the vocalist guides us through her personal songs heartbreak soundtrack.
Daniel Johnston - Walking The Cow "A naive, sweet melody travels throughout the song. A piece of gold from a DIY genius."
Christina Aguilera & Ricky Martin - Nobody Wants To Be Lonely "I used to listen to this when I was a young teen and sing it to myself dramatically in the mirror. Nice."
Skeeter Davis - Don't They Know It's The End Of The World "This is the most depressing song ever and I would play it if I wanted to commit suicide, like in Girl, Interrupted."
Gwen Stefani - Bubble Pop Electric "I bought her solo album recently out of interest. This is one of the best songs off of it. I was drawn to it because it had bubble and pop in the title."
U.T.R.B - Pressure "A fresh, brand new act from Wales. He is totally amazing. I want to marry his songs."
The Pierces - Glorious "A really classic song. It is rare that songs which reference another era actually manage to not end up sounding pastiche. The whole Pierces album is great, actually."
Britney Spears - E-Mail My Heart "My main inspiration when it comes to popular culture is Britney Spears. I have always loved her and enjoyed the innocent hyper-girly element in her image. I think people believe my admiration of her is ironic or something. I don't know why you can't just love big pop artists without it having some kind of ironic eye roll involved. E-Mail My Heart is very 1999 and it is on my pre-show soundtrack for the Lonely Hearts Club tour."
St Vincent - Now, Now "Layered, textured production. Angelic voice. Love her."
Talk Talk - It's My Life "Anthemic, timeless, etc."
The Supremes - Baby Love "Sad themes set to happy music. My favourite combination."
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